Latin America

Damned Notions of Liberty

Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769
By Frank Proctor

This study explores the lived experience of slavery from the perspective of slaves themselves to reveal how the enslaved may have conceptualized and contested their subordinated social positions in New Spain's middle colonial period (roughly 1630"“1760s).

Singing to the Plants

A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
By Stephan V. Beyer

This accessible study of ayahuasca shamanism introduces its ritual practices, including healers' spiritual relationships with the native plants used in its ceremonies.

Irresistible Forces

Latin American Migration to the United States and Its Effects on the South
By Gregory WeeksJohn Weeks

This study examines the phenomenon of the impact of Latin American migration on the southeastern United States, a region that now has the nation's fastest growing immigrant population.

Subjects: Latin America

The Myths of the Opossum

Pathways of Mesoamerican Mythology
By Alfredo Austin
Translated by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

First published in 1990 under the title Los mitos del tlacuache, this is the first major theoretical study of Mesoamerican mythology by one of the foremost scholars of Aztec ideology.

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya

Cycles and Steps from the Madrid Codex
By Merideth Paxton

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya traces the implications of a previously unrecognized image of the solar year in the Madrid Codex to find new meanings in the Dresden Codex and the Maya calendar system and a regional settlement organization in Yucatan.

Beyond Wari Walls

Regional Perspectives on Middle Horizon Peru
Edited by Justin Jennings

Wari culture and its influence in Andean prehistory is investigated here from a variety of geographic locales.

Funerals, Festivals, and Cultural Politics in Porfirian Mexico

By Matthew Esposito

While most historians have argued that Díaz's reign owed its longevity to extralegal activities and personal appeals to loyalty, this study examines Díaz's successful manipulation of cults of the dead, hero cults, and national memory to shape the perception of his leadership.

Mexican Community Health and the Politics of Health Reform

By Suzanne Schneider

This very human study of emerging medical services in Morelos, Mexico, illustrates the variety of grassroot solutions to health care delivery in response to rising costs and restrictions on access.

Untold Sisters

Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Works
Revised Edition
By Electa ArenalStacey Schlau
Translated by Amanda Powell

In this revised edition of the first introduction to Hispanic convent culture published in the United States, the authors present the works of nuns going back to the sixteenth century.

Allies at Odds

The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671
By John Charles

Explores the vital, often conflictive role indigenous agents played in the creation of Andean Christian society.

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